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This new, original translation of Cornelius Nepos's Lives of the Great Commanders is the first to appear in many generations. The Roman writer Cornelius Nepos (circa 110 BC to 25 BC) was one of the first biographers in the Western tradition. He composed memorable and entertaining sketches of some of the most famous statesmen of antiquity.  

Authored with a strong moral purpose, his book was studied in schools for centuries. Through him, we learn what character traits made his subjects great and what shortcomings led to their downfalls.

This fresh, vigorous translation by Quintus Curtius is specifically designed for the general listener or student and introduces this great work to an entire new generation.

©2019 Quintus Qurtius (P)2019 Quintus Curtius

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An outstanding translation and performance!

Two things make sad about this: First, that so little of Cornelius Nepos' work has survived to the present day, and Second, that it is no longer a standard part of the curriculum of our school system.

The annotations accompanying the outstanding translation add much needed and useful context for this seminal work. The narration is masterful and imparts the dignity Nepos so richly deserves.